Getting a tax refund is always a pleasant experience for anyone. However, the process of obtaining such refunds can occasionally present challenges, leading to confusion and frustration for individuals. Many taxpayers wonder, “Where’s my refund?” If you’ve ever asked this question, worry not! Let’s explore the different factors that may be contributing to the delay of your money.
How quickly you receive your tax refund depends on:
Usually, the IRS sends most tax refunds within 21 days of filing online or six weeks of mailing your paper return. After your e-filed return for the current year has been accepted, you can use: Where’s my refund (A refund tracker), if you are on a smartphone you can use the IRS2GO mobile app to check your refund status.
To use Where’s my refund to check the status of your refund, you need these specific personal information:
After correctly entering your information, a new page will open that shows your federal tax refund status. A progress bar with the three following messages indicates its status.
If you see “ Your tax return is still being processed ” while checking your refund status, don’t panic! The IRS states that some returns take longer to process than others for many reasons, including when a return:
The processing time of tax return submitted via mail typically takes approximately six to eight weeks for delivery. In instances where further information is necessary to proceed with the processing of your return, the IRS will communicate with you via mail.
If after using Where’s my refund, you feel the need to call the IRS. Remember, you should contact the IRS only if:
Follow these tips to cut your wait time and talk to a live person at the IRS.